Pacific Swimming


Coaching Staff
Richard Thornton Head Coach
  • SRVA Senior Group Coach
  • Head Coach SRVA since 1984
  • Over 22 years coaching experience
  • BS Physical Education, U.C. Berkeley, MS St. Mary's
  • Member of 1980 US Olympic Team
  • American Swim Coaches Assn Award of Excellence 1988-1994
  • 1997 Pacific Swimming Coach of the Year
  • Nominated Pacific Swimming Coach of Year 1994-2000
  • Asst. Coach USA National Junior Team Paris France 1994
  • Asst. Coach USA National Team Furuoka, Japan 1997
  • Head Coach USA World Championship Team 1995 Rio De Janerio , Brazil
  • Coached: Olympic Finalists, World Championship Finalists, European Championship Finalists, NCAA All-Americans, World Record Holder


Audra Grundy Assistant Coach
  • AA Degree, Cuesta College
  • Southern California Junior College Swimming Champion
  • Coaching experience at High School and Recreation League levels


Erik Lundeen Assistant Coach

Coach Erik has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven, competing in Rec Leagues, high school, college, and Masters swimming. His affinity towards coaching came at the young age of 14 when he started teaching swim lessons for The City of San Ramon. He has worked at the San Ramon pools ever since, gaining experience from many different teams. His time with SRVA began in 2016 as an assistant coach for the master's program. He became head coach of the masters in 2017 and was hired as an age group coach in 2019.


Jake Mefford Assistant Coach

Jake has been swimming since the age of 5, beginning with the Martinez Community swim team, then with Pleasant Hill Dolfins where he was a county swimmer for three years in a row.  When he was 12 he made the move from recreational swimming to swim year round with the Terrapins, where he was a member of their national team.  Jake also swam for Acalanes High School, making it to NCS each year and earning a spot on the record board for the 100 back.  After a break from the pool, he starting swimming again for US Masters Swimming, and now regularly competes for Walnut Creek Masters.  Since getting back into the sport he has received the Pacific USMS Swimmer of the Year award, made it on the All American list for USMS, placed in the top three for backstroke events at USMS nationals two years in  row. When he isn’t swimming, he is working on developing recipes and exploring all things food related.  He has a big passion for the sport and enjoys the science and physics behind all things swimming related.